Marmoleum flooring makes a good choice if you’re keen on green building materials. Like linoleum, Marmoleum is made from organic materials. These materials include linseed oil, limestone, pine flour, pine rosin, and color pigments. The mixture is treated under high temperatures and then passed through rollers to produce sheets. A jute backing is attached to the sheets, which are cured for a while before use. The flooring is produced either in rolls or in tiles. It is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable. Marmoleum is one of the easiest floors to maintain. The steps below will show you how to clean Marmoleum flooring.
Step 1 – To Remove Loose Dirt
Regular cleaning of Marmoleum is more beneficial and cost-effective than occasional deep cleaning.
Sweep the floor often to get rid of loose dirt. Use a soft broom or dust mop. Micro-fiber dusters are also recommended. This can be done every 2 to 3 days. It helps to prevent dirt buildup, keeping your floor attractive most of the time. You may prefer to use a vacuum to get the job done. For a more thorough clean, you can either use a special cleaner or white vinegar, as shown in the next two steps.
Step 2 – Use a Marmoleum Floor Cleaner
It is best to deep clean your floor at least once every two weeks using only recommended cleaning products. Abrasive powders or cleansers should never be used. You can get a Marmoleum floor cleaner from a specialized store and mix a solution of 1 once of Marmoleum concentrated floor cleaner in 1 gallon of lukewarm water. The use of ammonia or other harsh products containing alkalis or high pH will damage the flooring's finish and should be avoided. Read the label carefully before using it and prepare the cleaner as instructed. Use the solution to deep clean your floor with a mop. Rinse the floor well to remove all the soap. However, be careful not to use too much water. Use an old towel to finish drying the floor.
Step 3 – White Vinegar
If you prefer a natural cleaning agent, make use of white vinegar. Mix ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water in a bucket. Mop the floor with the solution. Afterward, you need to mop the floor again with plain water to remove the vinegar. Finish drying the floor with an old towel.
Step 4 – To Clean Grooves
Marmoleum floors usually have deeper grooves than most floors, especially tiled Marmoleum. Dirt may accumulate in the grooves, which makes it easy for bacteria to breed. Ingrained dirt can be removed with the help of a nylon brush. Using a scrubbing pad is not advisable as some of them might damage the flooring's finish. Use a Marmoleum floor cleaner and warm water to prepare a cleaning solution.
Step 5 – Finishing
Use a Marmoleum floor finish to restore the gloss finish of your floor. Be careful not to apply too much along the wall base, as this will leave a build-up of finish, which only invites dirt. Apply the finish every 3 to 4 months or annually if your floor has little traffic.
Step 6 – Use Mats and Rugs
Foot traffic entering your home will bring in 80% or more of the dirt that ends up on your floors. It is a good idea to use mats and rugs in entryways. These capture most of the dirt and grit that shoes pick up from outside. Vacuum your mats and rugs regularly, at least once a week, or take them outside every couple of days to give them a good shake and remove the accumulated dirt before you return them indoors.
Stick to neutral cleaners. Most of the commercial cleaners used for vinyl floors are not suitable for your Marmoleum floor.